The countdown is about to start to Kickoff the…It’s almost New Year’s Eve.
That means it’s time for about one million people to gather in New York City’s Times Square for the iconic ball drop. Another 198 million Americans and one billion people around the world will watch the nearly six-ton sphere descend on television, marveling at its 2,688 crystal triangles illuminated by 32,256 LEDs.
The ball, while hangs year-round but doesn’t become a focal point until New Year’s Eve, features 192 new Waterford Crystal triangles forming small rosette cuts flowing into each other. The ball-lowering tradition from One Times Square started in 1907, although the building owners began rooftop New Year’s celebrations three years before. This seventh version of the ball — with a 12-foot diameter — made its debut in 2008 after the energy-efficient Centennial Ball made the switch from light bulbs to LEDs.
Bebe Rexha will perform just before the ball drop at midnight EST after live entertainment from lovelytheband, Christina Aguilera, Bastille, New Kids On The Block and Dan + Shay. Other featured performers include Sting, Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke, Mau & Ricky and dance crew The Lab. Twitch streamer Ninja, aka Tyler Blevins, will also lead the crowd in “the floss” dance move.
Authorities will screen attendees and not allow backpacks, large bags, umbrellas and alcoholic beverages. The New York Police Department will work security alongside the FBI, the New York State Police and the Mass Transit Authority Police, said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. Organizers encourage attendees to take public transit because of expected heavy traffic delays and parking restrictions, as Times Square will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 4 a.m. Monday.
The low Monday night is forecast to be 55 degrees with 12 mph winds. There is a 55 percent chance of rain, according to AccuWeather.
Not at Times Square? You can live-stream the festivities from multiple sites, including on mobile devices.